Robert Leroy Gerard

Born: Mon., Aug. 10, 1925
Died: Fri., Apr. 3, 2015


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 Robert L. Gerard
August 10, 1925 – April 3, 2015

 

Robert Leroy Gerard, 89, of South Bend died at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 3rd. Mr. Gerard was born August 10, 1925 In Kosciusko County, IN to the late Carrie E. (Swick) and Fred L. Gerard and lived in South Bend since 1950. On June 14, 1947 in Bourbon, IN he married Dorothy I. Carlson, from Pueblo, Colorado, and the marriage was blessed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mishawaka. Dorothy survives along with his daughter, Cynthia I. Peacock of South Bend; his son, Barry A. Gerard (Jinny) of Niles, MI ; eight grandchildren; Andrew Place, Jr. (Nicole), Lindsey Downey (Ben), Chelsey Peacock, Robert Peacock, Ryan Gerard (Erin), Chris Gerard (Kim), Greg Gerard (Ashley), and Lizanne Gerard; thirteen great-grandchildren, and his brother, Allen Gerard (Rosie) of Tucson, AZ. One grandson, Alexander Gerard, preceded him in death.
Bob was a Pharmacy graduate of Purdue University and a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was co-owner of the former Gerard Pharmacy for over thirty-three years. When the business was sold, he worked for and retired from the former Osco Drugs. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew B-25’s. He continued to enjoy flying long after his discharge from the Army Air Corps.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed fly fishing in Colorado, hunting, gardening, and golfing. He was an avid supporter of his children and grandchildren in all of their academic and sporting events.
There will be a private celebration of Bob’s life in the near future. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL, 32256 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organization:

Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256

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William A.
   Posted Wed April 08, 2015
I am proud to have worked at the Pharmacy for Bob and Al in 1965 and 66.
It was my first job and taught me a great work ethic and responsibility. Bob was a tough boss, who I learned to like and respect. I am glad to have had many conversations with him at Osco's too.

Bill Molnar

Chuck & Mary Ellen Wilber
   Posted Wed April 08, 2015
Dear Greg, Barry & Jinny, We are sorry for your loss. Chuck & Mary Ellen

Marty & Betsy Kelly
   Posted Wed April 08, 2015
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Gerard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Marty has a lot of stories when he worked at Gerard Pharmacy,of course they were all funny.

Jim Dillingham
   Posted Thu April 09, 2015
My condolences on Bob's passing. I spent many enjoyable days and meals with Bob and Al back home in Bourbon.

Sincerely, Jim Dillingham

John Hess
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
I was very sorry to hear about Bob's death. He was an exceptional boss, who taught me a great deal about work ethic and life in general. Bob was always supportive, and he was valuable mentor as I grew up. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Joe Sadural
   Posted Wed April 22, 2015
I wish to convey my condolences to the family at the loss of Bob , my first boss he as others have said , taught we who worked for him a sense of integrity and how to treat others,he lived a life of integrity and also the correct way to do business. His warmth and friendliness is remembered by all.